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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Middle East

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Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?
Recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ is the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Armenia.
Trump confirms ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US military raid
Baghdadi ignited an explosive vest after being chased into a tunnel by US forces.
Off-duty Israeli soldier found dead with stab wounds in occupied West Bank
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a “terrorist” attack and reinforcements have been sent.
US Senate fails to block sale of $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia
Trump issued a trio of veteos to attempt to push through the sale.
Iran 'permanently' closes diplomatic relations with US government after new sanctions are imposed
Sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader were brought in yesterday.
US launched 'cyber-attack' on Iran weapons systems in response to drone downing
The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Washington Post.
Gulf of Oman attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine from oil tanker
Iran has denied any involvement in yesterday’s attacks.
Up to 60 Palestinians wounded during protests to mark anniversary of creation of Israel
The demonstrations came two weeks after a ceasefire was announced in the region.
US orders all non-emergency staff to leave embassy and consulate in Iraq
US signals about escalating danger posed by Iran have been met with some skepticism by Washington’s allies.
Baby killed as Israel launches air strikes after rockets fired from Gaza
The Hamas rocket launches come as tensions in the region have ratcheted upwards.
Standing alongside Netanyahu, Trump backs Israeli claims of sovereignty over disputed Golan Heights
The move breaks with decades of international consensus against Israel’s claims.
Algerian president to drop bid for fifth term in office following weeks of protests against his candidacy
Thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks against the 82 year-old’s bid for another term in office.
New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
Dublin to host summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the new year
The Tánaiste also said Ireland could be forced in to recognising the State of Palestine.
Saudi stocks plunge after Donald Trump threatens 'severe punishment' over journalist's disappearance
A Turkish newspaper has reported that officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Israel developing missiles to hit anywhere in Middle East, defence minister says
“The project for setting up a precision rocket and missile system is underway.”
Coveney says he had ‘frank dialogue’ with Benjamin Netanyahu about Gaza
Coveney has previously said that it is time for the international community to act to save Gaza.
Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report
The latest edition of the Tobacco Atlas says that the industry is maximising profits by targeting the ‘vulnerable’ in places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Wesley Sneijder completes move to Qatar after refusing offers 'from everywhere'
The Dutch midfielder has signed an 18-month contract with Al Gharafa, and will captain the team.
'With relative garda silence on Dundalk attacks, speculation and Islamaphobia swept across Internet'
Proactive, public engagement and dynamic crisis communication are built into the emergency response planning of the police forces within most EU states, writes Tom Clonan.
Ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabian desert using Google Maps
The purpose and function of these “Gates” remains and mystery.
Irish aid workers are helping to fight the worst humanitarian crisis in the world
One in fifty people in Yemen have contracted cholera.
Why Jerusalem's holiest site is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why violence has flared there
After five days of simmering tensions, Israel has this morning removed controversial metal detectors from the Haram al-Sharif mosque in Jerusalem.
Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan
Victims who escaped their abusers tell their stories of life after being a child sex slave in Afghanistan.
Qatar told to close Al-Jazeera and accept other demands or face 'divorce' from gulf neighbours
The Qatar-based broadcaster denounced the move as an attack on media freedom.
Isis has blown up the mosque where its own leader declared himself 'caliph'
Jihadists also destroyed an iconic, leaning minaret.
Explainer: What's going on in Qatar and why are all its neighbours turning on it?
Saudi Arabia is leading allies in cutting off ties to Qatar over its alleged links to terrorism.
Qatar hits out at 'baseless' Saudi terrorism blacklist
The emirate was responding after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain published a list of 59 people and entities linked to “terrorism”.
Trump criticises Qatar for 'funding extremism' despite it having largest US base in Middle East
Trump later adopted a different tone on Qatar in a phone call with the King of Saudi Arabia.
US security steps back from banning laptops on flights from Europe for now
The ban could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens.
Can Donald Trump save the Middle East peace process?
“All the parties like him right now. The Palestinians like him, the Israelis like him.”
Dáil called on to condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East
TD Mattie McGrath says that he and other deputies have been trying to get the Dáil to issue an explicit motion on the issue.
'Just getting on with it': Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports
Air carriers were offering a laptop stowage service as the ban comes into effect.
Now Canada's considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights
Earlier today, the UK government confirmed the new measure, while US reports hinted at a similar ban.
Blair denies report that he's taking a job with Donald Trump
A statement on his website later said: “The story in The Mail on Sunday is an invention.”
'I love the game': The Saudi Arabian goalkeeper who starred at the Sigerson Cup weekend
RCSI’s Ahmed Alsarrif has a newfound love for gaelic football.
Manny Pacquiao asks Twitter followers to pick next opponent
The poll had received more than 10,000 votes by Monday morning.
Netanyahu wants pardon for Israeli soldier in manslaughter case
The killing was caught on video and deeply divided the country.
John Kerry tells Israel it 'can either be Jewish or democratic - it cannot be both'
The US Secretary of State also urged Israel and Palestinians to agree land swaps on 1967 lines in today’s speech.